Cafe which turns surplus food into meals comes to Eastbourne


A Real Junk Food Cafe, which turns waste and surplus food in to meals, will be coming to Leaf Hall in Seaside.

The community project is being organised by Pevensey Bay woman Helen Burton.

Helen recently took on the Live Below the Line Challenge and lived on just £5 for five days. As part of her challenge she visited the Real Junk Food Cafe in Brighton and has was impressed with the project which meets every Friday lunchtime.

Helen explained, “It gets its supplies from supermarkets and food wholesalers. If one bag is broken on a pallet of food then the whole pallet has to be thrown away.

“Also if a supermarket has a punnet of strawberries with just one mouldy berry, they then can’t sell that punnet and the whole punnet is rejected. This is food that is fine to eat and that’s where the Real Junk Food Cafe comes in.”

Everyone is invited to eat at the cafe on Friday lunchtimes and gives whatever they can to the project. The homeless and poor are not expected to pay but if people want to give something back to the project they can help with the washing up.

Helen said, “What was so lovely about going to that cafe was the real mix of people and money was not at the heart of it.

“You could either pay or not pay – There were no judgements, it was just a lovely place to go for lunch on a Friday.”

This week, Helen found a venue for an Eastbourne project.

She said, “I’m very happy to announce that we now have a venue for the Real Junk Food Cafe. The cafe will be open on a Monday lunchtime when we are up and running.”

Anyone who can offer food or volunteer should email

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